Monday, January 7, 2019

NGLCC Awards Prizes To All Three nglccNY Biz Pitch Competitors!

nglccNY was thrilled to close out a phenomenal year of supplier diversity programming with last month’s final 2018 Biz Pitch competition sponsored by EY. Participants pitched in front of decision-makers at EY, fellow LGBTBEs, and nglccNY members, allowing the audience to witness the evolution of each supplier’s presentation as they incorporated critical feedback they received throughout the year. We were especially thrilled to welcome Justin Nelson, Co-Founder and President of NGLCC, as a spectator.

From left to right: Rose Hatcher (Viacom), contestant Mitch Lippman, contestant Nathaniel Gray, contestant Stefanie Francis, Chris Crespo (front, EY), Brad Vanderweide (EY), Theresa Harrison (EY), Florence C. Werner (front, EY), Andrea Regina (EY), Rosemary Weppler (EY), nglccNY Supplier Diversity Chair Rob Finkelstein, and nglccNY Director TJ Chernick. Photo provided by BEQ Magazine.

Having placed as semi-finalists throughout the year, 
Hootology (January 2018 winner), The Mitch Lippman Group (June 2018 winner), and The Proud Path (September 2018 winner) educated us about their respective services and value propositions.

Before the EY judges convened to decide which supplier earned which prize, Justin Nelson surprised us all by awarding all three suppliers with NGLCC 2019 Conference Registrations (approximate value: $699 for each recipient)! Justin explained his decision, saying, “I am very impressed with all three pitches and excited by nglccNY’s and EY’s efforts to foster supplier development. NGLCC wants to extend its congratulations to all three suppliers for competing throughout the year and working hard on developing their pitches for this final competition.”

After the pitches and Justin’s unexpected announcement, Chris Crespo, EY’s Inclusiveness Director on the Americas Talent Team, asked the contestants what they would tell other suppliers who are considering whether to participate in the 2019 competition. Each of our 2018 winners agreed that every supplier should participate and that there are a host of reasons for doing so. For example, pitching in the Biz Pitch program provides a “safe space” to practice and gain confidence as you educate others about your business. It is also an excellent way to get real face time with high-level decision makers as you begin to develop what could turn into beneficial relationships. (For more reasons to participate, please see our article from November 2018, EY’s Biz Pitch Competition Helps LGBT-Owned Companies Up Their Game.)

After much consideration, the EY panel of judges awarded Stefanie Francis, Founder & Lead Innovator at Hootology, with a scholarship to the Supplier Diversity Professional Excellence, Tuck Executive Education at Dartmouth for 2019 (approximate value: $5,000), and Nathaniel Gray, MSW and Founder of The Proud Path with an NGLCC 2019 National Dinner Registration (approximate value: $750).

Congratulations to Stefanie, Nathaniel, and Mitch on their achievements! All presentations were extremely well done!

Our first nglccNY Biz Pitch of 2019 will take place on January 22, 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 10, 2019. To apply, please click here for more information. We hope to see you there!

Written by Robert F. Finkelstein, Esq., nglccNY Supplier Diversity Chair. Rob is a partner at Finkelstein Platt LLP, where he practices commercial litigation, construction law, general business law,